“Genius is common as dirt”

Ex-teacher lambastes our schools

John Taylor Gatto, the former New York State Teacher of the Year, notes

…too few people realize that our current system of compulsory public schooling is a copy of the one set up in the 1820s by the rulers of the fun-loving state of Prussia.

Prussia’s system, he says, was “deliberately designed to produce mediocre students, to hamstring the inner life, to deny students appreciable leadership skills, and to ensure docile and incomplete citizens — all in order to make the populace ‘manageable.'”

Sounds crazy? Look around at America. He points out “the actual purpose of education, according to early 20th century writings and his research. It includes

teaching obedience and conformity, determining a student’s social status, dumbing down the general populace, nurturing an elite group of future leaders-caretakers and creating “not only a harmless electorate and a servile labor force but also a virtual herd of mindless consumers.”

Remind you of anybody?

However, he also points out that kids, and presumably the adults that they grow into, can do anything if given the chance. Thanks to The Homeschooling Revolution for the heads up.